Sunday, July 27, 2008

Summer Skinny Book Page

I was able to finish my arttechniques Skinny Book pages this weekend. In the previous post, the background and wordings are shown. Moving on to the mermaids....

First step was picking some paper for the mermaid torso. I used scrap paper and free collage paper that was included in one of my issues of Somerset Studio magazine. The mermaid related stamps are all from Invoke Arts. One of my favorite rubber sources.

I used white ,and a color mix of my own making, embossing powders for the shell bras.

Next step was choosing the photo for the tails. I used a photo of the Sea I took while on vacation with my heart at the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

My inspiration for the tail was the stunning colors of angelina fibers I purchased during vendor night at Art and Soul. I also purchased some really cool rubber at this booth hosted by Doll Makers Ink. I used the directions from Sherrill Kahn's book, Creative Embellishments, on how to heat the fiber to make it "flat" and paper like. I highly recommend this book.
I used a teflon sheet, my iron, and a deep imprinted rubber stamp:

The rubber did not make much of an impression this time. Next time I'll use a thicker layer of fiber. I wanted an airy approach to the tail so I used a thin layer. I used the rubber tail piece as a guide to cut out the tails:

Used brads and sequins to attach all the parts together. I then use foam tape to attach the mergals to the page. Here are 3 different maids:

They are all a little bit different. Here is a close of one of the tails:

On the backs of the pages I embossed a Fred Mullett Sea Urchin stamp. I also listed my supplies and wrote out the whole quote by Jill Davis on transparencies. I adhered the transparencies with Glossy accents. :


  1. very lovely... i too am a fan of invoke arts stamps. i love how you've used the mermaid stamp here. thank you so much for sharing your techniques. And thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. OH Susan! Your mermaid is SO wonderful Those lucky skinny page swappers!!! Love how you describe your creative process! Her 'tail' is way cool, the angelina fibers really make it.
    Such giggles out of your porn star fellas!

  3. Susan~these are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! You did such an excellent job. And your tutorial is great~you should be a teacher my dear!
    Luv ya & miss you mucho~

  4. Love love LOVE how this project turned out Susan!

  5. Mermaids are all about summer. Love reading through your whole process of making them, I particularly liked the clever way you used the photo for the tail!